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The Shield Episode: "Recoil"

Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: As the Strike Team makes progress with the San Marcos murders, Vic gets bad news about his job prospects---then finds an ally he didn't expect. Meanwhile, Shane and Diro (Franka Potente) become business partners as she prepares to take over the Armenian mob; and Billings meddles in Tina and Hiatt's love lives.
Original Air Date: May 29, 2007
Guest Cast William Charlton Michael Bofshever: Robert Martin F.J. Rio: Cruz Pazuela Jessica Lugo: Patty Benny Hernandez: Santi Patrick O'Connor: Romero's Lawyer Seth Peterson Elizabeth Craft
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Season 6, Episode 9
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Aired: 5/29/2007
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May 29, 2007: Recoil Season 6, Episode 9

I know it's probably bad to start off a blog about this week's episode by saying I can't wait for next week's. But it's true. The last time I remember anticipating a finale as much as this one it was the final episode of Cheers. And this is just a season finale. I mean, jeez, my heart. My poor, tired heart. I know my heart can't wait until 11:05 pm/ET next week for it to be over. It gets a workout each week and I'm sure the ticker is a little exhausted at this point. Then again, we get to wait nine months for more, so it's bittersweet. Anyway, where were we? Right, we had another heck of an episode leading up to the finale. Everything looked kind of calm at the beginning, but in true Shield fashion, it all hit the fan by the end of the hour. Let's talk San Marcos first. We finally have some closure on the whole situation. Vic's goal was to solve the murder case before he got pushed out, so he had five days to figure it out... which, of course, he did in one. That contractor guy gave them a nice tip, leading Vic to killer No. 1. But when Hiatt foiled Vic's first attempt at getting the other two, Vic went to Plan B. Vic talked to a guy to tell him he'll get out if he gives up the other two guys, which happened. But then when the whole team searched for them, they were nowhere to be found. Vic and Ronnie got to them first, dumped them off to Santi just as promised, and the war was over. Meanwhile, the first guy in the cage still went to jail because he was supposed to deliver two live guys, not dead ones. Brilliant. Oh, and how about this: the hit was ordered by Guardo. Some of you ask me why I have sympathy for Vic Mackey and you are right, I probably shouldn't. But frankly, the guy is a great cop. He's a dirty, dirty, dirty man. But when he's even semi-straight he puts other cops to shame. He can play 100 different sides and still get the desired results from all hundred. Well, OK, maybe only 99 of those 100, since the controller couldn't do anything to help Vic. Seems like despite Vic helping him out, the controller really tried and found too much crap to sift through to help Vic save his job. Actually, let's drop that number down one more to 98 of 100. The whole Shane thing just had its doors blown off. Shane got himself into places he shouldn't have been and now it's backfiring. He was training Diro to lead the Armenians. Then he shut down Rezian and his port shipments supposedly to help her out so people know who's in charge. At the same time, he was up to something with Rezian, because as he arrested him at the dock, he told him to not mention anything about the help he gave with the gas-station murder. So at this point it seems like he's attempting to play both of them, but Diro seems a little too smart for all of this. But then, this is where it goes wrong yet again. So Shane stuck his nose in here, then Vic stuck his nose in trying to "warn" Diro about Shane. This led her to confront Shane, when he opened up about the money train but of course denied all involvement in it. And now Diro wants to finish business by getting Vic. Shane knows this is bad. He wants to make Vic's life a living hell and protect himself, but the look on his face said, "Holy crap, what have I done now?" As we saw in the preview, the Armenians are now going after Vic and who knows how this will goes down, but either Shane or a Mackey family member will probably bite the big one next week. If Corinne, Matthew or Cassidy get taken out next week, you can be 100 percent certain that Shane won't live too much longer. Then, as if saving his family isn't enough, Vic is going to have to save his job next week. And he finally has the means to do this. In exchange for Vic quitting his investigation of the San Marcos murders - in which he knows that shady contractor has some involvement in - this contractor gave him the leverage he needs to keep his job. Vic now has in his possession the picture of Aceveda being forced to have sex at gunpoint. If I remember correctly, the guy with the gun took a picture on his cell phone. Was he working for this contractor guy? Has he had the picture the entire time, just in case he needed to blackmail Aceveda for something? I have to admit, I didn't see this one coming. I'm excited to see where this leads. And of course, we had our lighter moment of the night with Dutch and Billings. However, this was the Billings revenge episode. Dutch was still holding the vending machines over Billings' head and apparently Billings had enough. Steve started telling all these lies about Hiatt wanting Tina and Danny wanting Hiatt and Dutch wanting Tina (although they aren't very far ofrom the truth, they just didn't quite happen the way Billings said), and it got to the point where Tina came into the barn all sexy and invited Hiatt over to her place. Billings staked the place out and then texted Dutch to come over to her place, at which point he found Tina having sex with Hiatt. (You mean to say Tina was so involved here that she didn't realize her cell phone was missing?) Hiatt saw Dutch looking in, so does Hiatt go after Dutch now? And you have to feel for Dutch here. He's so clearly out of his element; he thought he finally struck gold, only to have his world shattered. If nothing else, I hope Dutch figures this all out and puts Billings through one of those vending machines. Wouldn't it be great to see Dutch go off? One more to go and some great stories to finish up with. Like me, I bet you can't wait. Until next week, friends. Don't forget to check out our online video guide for more on The Shield. show less
I know its probably bad to start off a blog about this weeks episode by saying I cant wait for next weeks But its true The last time I remember anticipating a finale as much as this one it was the final episode of Cheers And this is just a season finale I mean jeez my heart My poor tired heart I know my heart cant wait until 1105 pmET next week for it to be over It gets a workout each week and Im sure the ticker is a little exhausted at this point Then again we get to wait nine months for more so its bittersweet Anyway where were we Right we had another heck of an episode leading up to the finale Everything looked kind of calm at the beginning but in true Shield fashion it all hit the fan by the end of the hour Lets talk San Marcos first We finally have some closure on the whole situation Vics goal was to solve the murder case before he got pushed out so he had five days to figure it out which of course he did in one That contractor guy gave read more

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Premiered: March 12, 2002, on FX
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Premise: A corrupt and brutal L.A. detective runs an elite squad by his own rules in a neighborhood ravaged by drugs and gangs. Unusually gritty and graphically violent, but seldom less than riveting, 'The Shield' gets its biggest jolt from the breakout performance by Michael Chiklis as the complex and volatile Vic Mackey. The drama made Emmy history when he won for Lead Actor in a Drama in 2002, the first such win for a basic-cable series.

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